Playing Miss Havisham

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  • Location: Nambour Civic Centre, Not Assigned 0000 Queensland

Jilted.  Bitter.  Angry.  Alone  -  the definition of Miss Havisham.

Miss Havisham is one of the most famous characters of all time.  Miss Havisham is the fascinating character from Charles Dickens' 1861 novel Great Expectations.  She is the wealthy, wasted spinster who never recovers from being jilted at the altar.  In the novel, she refuses to remove her wedding dress and demands all the clocks be stopped. 

Fast forward to modern times:  The main character, Claudia, struggles within as a discontented mother and wife.  When an eccentric Irish filmmaker arrives to make a film of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Claudia is keen to audition for the role of Miss Havisham.  She sees it is a way out of her humdrum existence.  But as she prepares for the role, Claudia finds her own life takes on the twists and turns of a Dickens' novel. 

A work of unexpected visual richness, Playing Miss Havisham unfolds with humour, mystery, music and surprise.  The drama is backed by a stunning musical soundtrack including Bach, Chopin, Schubert, Granados, Debussy and Gareth Farr.

Playing Miss Havisham is written by Helen Moulder and Sue Rider and stars Helen Moulder.  It is presented by Queensland Arts Council and can be seen at the Nambour Civic Centre in an intimate theatre setting on Thursday 8th May at 7.30pm.


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